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Last Night at the Lobster Audiobook

Last Night at the Lobster

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Publisher's Summary

Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster hasn't been making its numbers, and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift. With only four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties. All the while, he's wondering how to handle the waitress he's still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend at home, and where to find the present that will make everything better.

Last Night at the Lobster is a poignant yet redemptive look at what a man does when he discovers that his best might not be good enough.

©2007 Stewart O'Nan; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"A deeply moving novel about how we work, how we live, and how we get to the next day with our spirits intact. If there was ever a book that embodies what's best in us, it's Stewart O'Nan's Last Night at the Lobster." (Stephen King)

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    Richard Boston, MA, United States 12-08-10
    Richard Boston, MA, United States 12-08-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good novella"

    This is a short novel...aka a novella...and it's worth the price of entry. I greatly enjoyed the author's "The Great Circus Fire" and this is a small but tasty slice of life taking place on the last night of a restaurant that's going out of business.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-19-12
    Misty Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-19-12
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    "Truly Enjoyable Tale of Everyday Life"
    What did you love best about Last Night at the Lobster?

    It was funny and endearing. My husband and I listened to it on a road trip. We laughed and related to the characters. If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you will love this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last dinner. I don't want to give anything away, but we still quote lines from it when we're buying vegetables at the grocery store.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I heard a review of this book by Maurine Corrigan on Fresh Air. I'm glad I took her advice and bought this book. The narration is great, too. This is an entertaining listen that will stick with you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ohio Foodie Gambier, OH USA 08-27-12
    Ohio Foodie Gambier, OH USA 08-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Sweet story but I expected more"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I just wish there was a bit more substance to it


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stewart O'Nan? Why or why not?

    Yes. The writing is engaging and evocative.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    The sound of his voice. He is very expressive, too.


    Did Last Night at the Lobster inspire you to do anything?

    No, we read it for our book group and talked about this point, but I wasn't particularly inspired.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey Marlton, NJ, USA 02-05-08
    Audrey Marlton, NJ, USA 02-05-08
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    "Lobster Lover"

    Excellent story...well told with enough left to the imagination you believe it could be real.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 12-22-08
    Rebecca 12-22-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Waiting for something to happen..."

    and it never does. The author did make me care about the protagonist, but nothing truly resolves and it's quite a depressing little account. Only if you're interested in the most trivial minutiae of running a Red Lobster and managing its marginal employees is this the book for you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Meg E Dobson United States 06-07-16
    Meg E Dobson United States 06-07-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Superb. Strong Rec. Short & Wonderful"

    Simply beautiful writing. Enjoy the Last Night at the Lobster with your favorite bottle of wine.

    Inge's Bus Stop for our world today and just as sweet. I dare you to not read and find at least three friends in those words.

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    Mike Dennis Key West 05-19-16
    Mike Dennis Key West 05-19-16
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    "Great story!"

    Excellent rendering of the last chaotic day at a Red Lobster before it closes its doors under orders from "corporate". Strong narration a big plus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mim 05-05-14
    Mim 05-05-14
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    "Depressing .. this is my life"
    Where does Last Night at the Lobster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Bottom half. It was well written and well read but the story just got me down.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stewart O'Nan? Why or why not?

    Sure. He did a good job.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I have.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. It make me sad. People can do their best and still get kicked around. I didn't enjoy it. I work in retail and experience this.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was recommended to me by someone I met online and don't know. I don't know why. She said it was one of her favorites. There you are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Law 11-29-13
    R. Law 11-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "The audio version is terrible"
    Any additional comments?

    This is such a good book to read, but listening to it was so excruciating that I literally could only listen for about 3 minutes...I have read and re-read the print version, but would not recommend the audio version to anyone -- the narration is flat and lacks the necessary nuance to captivate the listener in the way the print version does.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Amery, WI, United States 11-28-11
    Susan Amery, WI, United States 11-28-11

    SuseADoodle - "Audiobook Addict!" - Please disregard my "guided" reviews since it appears that a lot of what I wrote has been chopped off.

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    "Another Interesting Concept for a Novel ..."

    but the execution ...

    Maybe it just me. Maybe I am not familiar with books written in this style.

    There is little actual dialog, little actual plot. It is almost like someone wrote out their feelings and activities, for a diary entry, about the day the local Red Lobster closed. Yeh, that's it, it's like a diary entry.

    Still, it is an interesting story. Last day before the restaurant closes. Staffing problems. Then a snowstorm that keeps away customers. Worrying about the marlin on the wall.

    Not a bad book. Not a spectacular book. An okay book. An okay listen. Probably better as a listen than as a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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